Michael Rainey Jr Who Plays Tariq in 'Power' Claims He's Received 326 Death Threats Ahead of Season Finale

Monica Otayza
Jan 25, 2020
01:40 P.M.
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Michael Rainey Jr., who plays Tariq on "Power," reveals that he's received a total of 326 death threats ahead of the show's season finale. 

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Michael Rainey Jr. took to Instagram his concern after he received more than 300 death threats ahead of their show's season finale.

Thanks to how compelling the show is, it seems the show's fans are taking it a bit personal as he expressed his confusion over receiving hundreds of death threats. 

Michael plays the character Tariq, who is currently being slammed for killing his own father on the hit show.

A screenshot of Michael Rainey Jr.'s Instagram post expressing his confusion | Instagram/MichaelRainey

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RAINEY'S CONFUSION OVER THE THREATS

Rainey posted a selfie on his Instagram account looking confused, captioning the post with "me going through my DMs tryna figure out why I have 326 death threat messages."

Of course, his co-stars were amused with his post, with his screen mom Naturi Naughton commenting two laughing emojis and two facepalm emojis on the photo. Likewise, LaLa Anthony also joined in on the fun and commented numerous facepalm emojis as well. 

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WHY HE WAS APPARENTLY RECEIVING THE THREATS

On the show, its main character "Ghost" played by Omari Hardwick was shot in his own nightclub. Michael plays the character Tariq, who is currently being slammed for killing his own father on the hit show. 

With the success and influence of "Power," fans seem to get carried over by the stellar acting and the compelling storyline. This leads to dangerous instances such as Michael receiving death threats from fans, which is both troubling and alarming. 

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PLAYFUL BANTER AMONGST THE CO-STARS

However, it's not always this serious when it comes to the "Power" stars, as more often than not, they're picking on each other for the most random reasons. 

Last year, 50 Cent was slammed for trolling Naturi Naughton on social media, sharing a meme about her hairline. Of course, Naturi was hurt by his meme and fans became extremely critical of what he did. 

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A NOT-SO-FUNNY JOKE

Good thing for 50 Cent, Naturi isn't one to hold grudges and she forgave him for the joke he made, even if it wasn't funny at all. 

“He believes in the work that I do on ‘Power,’ so it was just a matter of making sure that that comes across. I think he gets it, we’re cool. I’ll see him at work within the next couple of days. I don’t hold grudges, it’s water under the bridge.”

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